Harry A. Hoffner

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Harry Angier Hoffner, Jr. (born November 27, 1934) is an American professor of Hittitology.

Early life and education[edit]

Hoffner was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Harry Angier and Madaline Wolford Hoffner. Their third child, he went on to study at Princeton University, where he earned his B.A. Cum Laude in 1956. Hoffner continued his masters studies at the Dallas Theological Seminary, obtaining a Masters in Theology in 1960, and then took up study at Brandeis University, earning an M.A. in 1961 and a Ph.D. in Ancient Mediterranean Studies in 1963.[1]

Academic career[edit]

His first teaching post was at Illinois' Wheaton College, where he taught Hebrew and Biblical studies from 1963 to 1964. Hoffner returned to Brandeis in 1964, teaching ancient Near Eastern languages as an assistant professor of Anatolian studies. He left for Yale in 1969 to be an associate professor of Assyriology and Hittitology, and in 1974 settled at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute as a professor of Hittitology.[1] Hoffner continued teaching until 2000, and is currently the John A. Wilson Professor of Hittitology, Emeritus as well as editor of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary,[2] which he co-founded with Hans Gustav Güterbock in 1976.[3]


  • The Laws of the Hittites. Brandeis University. 1963. 
  • An English-Hittite Glossary (Revue Hittite et Asianique XXV/80). Paris: Klincksieck. 1967. 
  • Alimenta Hethaeorum. American Oriental Series 55. New Haven: American Oriental Society. 1974. 
  • Hittite Myths. Writings from the Ancient World 2. Atlanta: Scholars Press. 1990. 
  • The Laws of the Hittites. A Critical Edition. Documenta et Monumenta Orientis Antiqui, 23. Leiden: E. J. Brill. 1997. 
  • Harry A. Hoffner. Ed. by Gary M. Beckman. (1998). Hittite Myths. Second Edition Revised and Augmented. Writings from the Ancient World 2. Atlanta: Scholars Press. ISBN 978-0-7885-0488-4. 
  • Harry A. Hoffner, Gary M. Beckman. (July 5, 2009). Letters from the Hittite Kingdom. Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature. ISBN 978-1-58983-212-1. 


  1. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae of Harry A. Hoffner, Jr.". The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Harry A. Hoffner C.V.". The Chicago Hittite Dictionary Project at the University of Chicago. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Hans Gustav Güterbock, scholar on ancient Near East". The University of Chicago Chronicle 19 (14). 2000-04-13. Retrieved 2009-02-25.